Making a choice for a whale watching company may not be simple. In addition to location and price, considerations likely include comfort, frequency of sightings, and wanting your choice to be environmentally sound. Below we summarize what Discovery Marine Safaris has to offer:
Since establishing in 2007 we have adopted the ethics of our sister company Stubbs Island Whale Watching located 200 km to the north. They are BC’s first whale watching company and are highly respected as leaders in environmentally responsible whale watching. Our overall approach is highly respectful of the environment – striving to have your wildlife adventure count for the good of research and conservation and to have our operations be environmentally sustainable.
Our Captains have extensive experience in operating vessels around marine wildlife, adhering to guidelines and avoiding disturbance. Onboard naturalists have studied biology and receive intensive training in local marine mammal science from our Education and Conservation Advisor. All of our crew have marine emergency duty training and undergo regular safety drills. We love where we live and - we love what we do! We enjoy sharing our local knowledge to enhance your stay in the Campbell River area. Our Grizzly Bear tours are conducted in partnership with the Homalco First Nation, in their Traditional Territory, giving you the greatest access to expertise about both the cultural and biological importance of the bears.
Departure is from Campbell River, conveniently located on central Vancouver Island; just 1.5 hours’ drive north from the ferry from Vancouver British Columbia. Campbell River is a seaside town providing travellers with many other attractions, events and amenities. We are within minutes of the beautiful Discovery Islands. Seas are sheltered and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Rough seas and seasickness are an absolute rarity!
Our vessels are Coast Guard approved and were chosen for their comfort, safety, and environmental advantages. They offer:
Our company aims to make the experience of whale watching count for the sake of research and conservation. The combined efforts of Discovery Marine Safaris and our sister company Stubbs Island Whale Watching, include: